A second annual Thanksgiving event at False River Academy may not have included turkey and cranberry sauce, but it brought a huge gathering for is becoming a big tradition for the school.

The three-day tournament played to capacity crowds at gyms for both False River Academy and the STEM Academy.

The boy and girl squads for Livonia and False River, along with the Catholic-Pointe Coupee girls competed at the tourney.

It also drew state powerhouses such as Monroe-based Neville, Lafayette Christian, Episcopal and East Iberville, among the 22 schools in the event.

“We were shorthanded during the break with a lot of athletes out during the holidays, but this was a great tournament and it keeps getting bigger,” False River coach Antonio Broadway said.

In games of local interest, a short-staffed Lady Gator squad fell 37-11 to Catholic-Pointe Coupee and 39-19 against Central Private.  

The Livonia boys lost 51-46 against Glen Oaks, 43-41 to defending Class 1A state champ Lafayette Christian and 59-53 against Mentorship Academy.

The FRA boys came up short 58-34 against Central Private.